The success of any great team owes much to its leader and his or her leadership style. This adage is true of education, politics and sport but above all business.
In each of those respective fields there is an expectation for someone to step up and chart a course. It is this individual who must set an example, unite a workforce and - most importantly - produce results.
History is littered with iconic leaders. It’s hard to imagine Winston Churchill or Martin Luther King fading into the background when opportunity knocked and real, positive change could be realised.
All leaders must start somewhere. Developing the necessary skills through training helps to unearth new leaders as well as hone the abilities of those already occupying positions of power.
Regular leadership training is then essential. But while the need for such events is inarguable, what to consider when staging one is less obvious. To help the hosts, we’ve outlined five key features of any management masterclass…
Break Off Rooms
While a guest speaker will impart wisdom from a main conference stage, real takeaways can be found in small, practical tasks away from the podium.
More often than not smalls teams are assembled and tasked with brainstorming solutions to a fictional scenario. Evidently this requires no shortage of conferring, something made harder in the presence of dozens of fellow attendees doing likewise.
Having the ability to break-off into a side room and exchange views in relative private is then preferable. Would-be leaders may also feel relaxed away from the crowd and emboldened to voice opinions in a smaller group.
Venues that can provide additional space bring out more in attendees themselves, ensuring they’re alert throughout. A large conference room itself is important but one with adjoining rooms is always preferable.
Training events packed full of information can prove quite overwhelming. Factoring in regular breaks is therefore essential if you hope to retain attention spans and deliver messages beyond the first hour or two.
While most locations will serve basic sustenance at intervals precious few lay-on freshly prepared spreads come banquets. When scouting potential venues it serves to hire one that goes the extra mile on the catering front - delivering more than basic sandwiches and biscuits. Keeping guests well-nourished is to keep them engaged well after lunchtime.
Some management training programmes seek to cover so much ground that cramming the material into one single day is not feasible. When planning an event likely to span two or even three days being able to offer overnight accommodation as part of the package is helpful.
The best conference venues are clearly those with overnight facilities built in, such as Lane End. Failing that, sourcing a venue with affordable hotels nearby is advisable. Be sure to share that information with attendees well in advance of the event if they will be required to make their own arrangements.
The most impactful training sessions are those led by people with first-hand experience on the subject – in this case business owners, department heads or team leaders.
Luring guest speakers with decades worth of experience managing people will ensure the message hits home. Who better to advise on matters relating to strategy, staff retention, productivity and conflict management than someone well versed in the them all?
Having secured the booking be sure said person can be heard. Taking the time to check the microphones and acoustics in a conference room will ensure the lengths taken to secure your headline act are not in vain.
Long gone are the days when a guest speaker or lecturer would address an audience uninterrupted for hours at a time. In order to keep attendees engaged its important to call upon various technology, much of which allows for interaction.
Invaluable guidance on leadership style can be shared courtesy of props like microphones, laptops, white boards, speakers, DVD players and of course wi-fi. All of the above and more are vital if your training session is to prove a productive one.
Not only should event organisers guarantee a venue offers such equipment, but that technical assistance is on hand come the day itself. Faulty tech can undermine an entire presentation and cause embarrassment for anyone advising on good management. Irony of the worst kind.
The aforementioned are just five of the key factors determining a suitable venue in which to stage your leadership programme.
As those running such sessions will attest, good leadership sometimes means delegating tasks. Having the confidence in your hosts to place the likes of technology and catering in their hands will free you up to focus on what you excel at. And together you’ll stage a great event.
Contact Lane End for more information on how we could stage your upcoming management training event.